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    The Ticket That Exploded, is a novel published in 1962 by William S. Burroughs, which perfectly represents the author’s idea of a language as a v… Read More
    The Ticket That Exploded, is a novel published in 1962 by William S. Burroughs, which perfectly represents the author’s idea of a language as a virus. According to the writer, the language was not a natural code nor the shared air in which we all move making sense, but a devious opponent to be disarticulated, broken down and destroyed. Starting from this reflection, the project consists in revisiting the novel created with the aim to be destructed and altered through a series of physical processes. Read Less


The book that exploded investigates the relationship between communication and code, between message and contamination. William Burroughs, with the concept elaborated in the book The ticket that exploded, lays the groundwork for a critical and lateral thinking towards reading and in general in the way of sharing information. The theory of language as a virus—the starting point of the project— turns into methodology itself, becoming the approach which accompany all work phases, from the planning and structuring of the book in question, to the management of alterations carried out through specific physical processes. The performative act rooted in the project calls into question the principles of sequencing, of organization and of serialization of contents — and therefore of information itself—that is contaminated, dismembered and rearranged in a new random order. Just like in Burroughs Cut-ups, where informations are reassembled through a random principle, in the poisoning action of the book, fortuity becomes the keystone of the research. A randomness that allows a recodification of the elements which constitute an idiom. The editorial product, designed through a precise and vertical code as a timeless and unfiltered dissemination object, is, therefore, distorted and looted of its main function, that of communicating in a clarifying and objective manner. The physical process itself, flowing into the various actions of contamination, leads the code of language to transform and weaken, or to veil and strengthen, and so on. Without specific positions or conceptual rhetoric, The book that exploded presents itself as an subject of reflection, emphasizing the fragility of the written form and its rules, examining the possibilities of deconstruction and recontextualization of the messages that each written text carries, highlighting the consequences generated by external processes in relation with the original and linear communication.




MA in Communication and Design for Publishing
Professor Davide Riboli

Based on "The Ticket That Exploded"
by William S. Burroughs

Fabio Bacchini
Gianluca Ciancaglini
Giacomo Dal Prà
Alessandro Latela
Luca Longobardi